Just like her expertly crafted lyrics, Taylor Swift was precise, self-assured and direct on Thursday morning (Aug. 10) when she took the stand for the first time to testify in the trial of a former Denver radio DJ accused of groping her during a meet-and-greet before a June, 2, 2013, concert.
Swift was in court in Denver to give her side of the story, telling the jury that a security guard witnessed DJ David Mueller “lift my skirt” while the two were posing for a promotional photo before the show. And while Swift’s lyrics are reliably PG-rated, she did not hold back when it came to describing what allegedly happened that day.
Here are the six of her sharpest statements from the stand:
“He stayed attached to my bare ass-cheek as I lurched away from him,” the pop star said, explaining that someone would have had to have been underneath her to see the actual groping.
While Mueller previously stated that he tried to put his arm around Swift and their arms accidentally got crossed, Taylor denied that was the case, saying it was “a definite grab. A very long grab… he grabbed my ass underneath my skirt.”
“There has been a lot of talk about jostling and sliding and gliding into the frame,” the pop superstar said, referring to Mueller’s previous testimony. “This was not jostling. There was no diving into the frame. . . . He did not touch my arm. He did not touch my rib. He did not touch my hand. He grabbed my bare ass.”
“It’s very simple,” the 27-year-old singer said of the chance for fans and radio station employees to get a shot with her before the concert. “You stand there and take a photo. This was not an action shot.”
Mueller’s attorney, Gabriel McFarland, asked several times why Swift didn’t immediately call police after the incident, where her bodyguard was standing in the photo booth, why he didn’t see anything and why her skirt did not appear to be lifted up in the subsequent meet-and-greet photo. When he pressed her on those points, Swift shot back, “Yes, and your client could have taken a normal photo with me.”
Like the certainty in her lyrics, Swift said in court that she has no doubt that things happened exactly as she remembers them. “It happened to me. I have a 3-D rendition of what happened in my brain,” she said. “I could have picked him out of a line of 1,000. I know exactly who did this. It is not alleged. It is a fact…. You can ask me a million questions about it and I’m never going to say anything different.”
Mueller has sued Swift and her team, claiming they cost him his job and is seeking up to $3 million in damages. Swift countersued, alleging sexual assault and is asking for a symbolic $1 judgment. Swift’s lawyers have said she does not know Mueller and has no incentive to target him or to fabricate a story.
The case is being tried in federal court under a law allowing the proceeding when the parties live in separate states and the dispute involves a damages claim higher than $75,000.